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Tony Romo loses control of the ball in Sunday's game against the Buccaneers.
Not only does Dallas have to create turnovers, but the team also has to take care of the football.
Although the Cowboys came out victorious against the Buccaneers, quarterback Tony Romo turned the football over three times. This is not a formula that will allow Dallas to fight for a playoff spot in late December and early January.
As good as Tony Romo is (and believe it, Romo haters, he is good), he’s thrown an interception in each of the team’s first three games.
He is often improvising and making great plays on the move—plays that would have never happened if not for his ability to escape opponents’ pass-rushers.
Then there are times when he is almost reckless with the football. All three of his picks this season were passes that he simply should have never thrown.
If Romo had decent pass protection, it would be much easier for him to avoid making the impulsive throws that often get him in trouble.
The quarterback has made a grip of great plays this season, and the ball security issues are not his to bear alone.
Running back Felix Jones’ fumble at Seattle last week opened that flood gates on an embarrassing, apathetic loss to Seattle.
If Dallas has any plans of earning a spot in the postseason, they have to win the turnover margin. Let’s not forget that turnovers were the main factor in fourth-quarter collapses against the Jets, Lions and Giants, games that shattered last season’s high hopes.
Just as the defense needs to get the offense more short fields, the offense cannot constantly put Rob Ryan’s group in bad situations, regardless of whether they have shown that they are fit for the task.